Social Justice

Capital Punishment

Also called the death penalty, it is the sentence of death after a conviction by a court of law for a criminal offense, conducted primarily in the United States by lethal injection or electrocution. 20 states, including the District of Columbia, have abolished their death penalty laws. Anglicans for Life does not have an official position on the issue of the Capital Punishment. We mourn with families who have suffered & turn to God to redeem the souls of those waiting punishment.

Homelessness

Homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire or maintain housing they can afford and are unable or unwilling to find support from family or friends. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, in January 2015 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. About 15 percent of the homeless population (83,170) are considered “chronically homeless” individuals. About 8 percent of homeless people (47,725) are veterans.

Human Rights

Ahuman right is a right that is justifiably believed to apply to every person in every culture and country. On December 10th 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was ratified by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris. It was the first written list of human rights to be universally protected. Some of these rights include freedom from slavery, equal protection under the law, protection from torture, and the right to freedom of expression.

Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is the forced prostitution of women, men, and children, either through physical force, fraud, or coercion. Victims are often found through social networks, neighborhoods, clubs or bars, or the internet. The most common ages a child enters sex trafficking are between 14-16 years old. In 2008, traffickers made $31 billion buying and selling humans.

Conscience Rights

The awareness of conscience rights is growing both in the United States and internationally. Conscience Rights are the rights to refuse to act in a way that would violate a person’s conscience, without legal punishment or social discrimination. Some examples are doctors in countries where assisted suicide is legal refusing to help a patient die or nurses declining from participating in abortions in hospitals that perform legal abortions.

Learn about Social Justice

The Anglican Church has historically been active in social justice, most famously leading the charge with William Wilberforce in the abolishment of the slave trade, while also caring for the poor, the sick and the vulnerable. In this we follow the example of Jesus. While Christ told His disciples that our world will never be without poor and vulnerable people, He also told His followers to give clothes to the naked and food to the hungry. In this, we are being the hands and feet of Christ to people who are in need both physically and, often, spiritually.

42% of homeless children are under the age of 6

One of four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime

Human trafficking includes both sex trafficking and labor trafficking and is the second largest—and fastest growing—criminal industry in the world. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are at least 12.3 million adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor, and commercial sexual servitude.

Is Social Justice really a Pro-Life Issue?

While typically people think of “pro-life” as dealing only with abortion, being pro-life is really about defending and protecting the sacredness of all human life, because we are made in the image of God. And all life really means all life—from the unborn child in the womb, the homeless teenager, the abused mother, and the elderly man considering assisted suicide. Being pro-life is not just about abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide; it’s also about everyone who is vulnerable and in need in between!

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